The Digital Health CRC (DHCRC) has appointed Annette Schmiede to the role of Acting CEO, following the resignation of former CEO Terry Sweeney who took on the role in December 2020.
Schmiede, who is the current Chair of Research Australia and former Executive Leader of the Bupa Health Foundation, has been active within the DHCRC since its establishment in 2018, more recently as Senior Advisor. The appointment is effective immediately.
DHCRC Chair Kate Munnings said Schmiede brings a wealth of experience across health care, tertiary education and research. “She recently completed 10 years on the Board of the Northern Sydney Local Health District as Deputy Chair and is a Senator for the Australian Catholic University,” Munnings said.
“Schmiede has been working with the DHCRC since our establishment and brings intimate knowledge of our core objectives, participants and breadth of current projects and exciting pipeline. We are confident in her ability to lead the organization during this time, supported by a very capable executive team.”
Our focus now is to continue to work with our participants to deliver on our Commonwealth milestones, Munnings said.
“The DHCRC has an important role in building digital workforce capacity and undertaking research and development into overlooked areas such as aged care,” Schmiede said.
Now midway through its funding term, the organization has committed over $25 million to fund Australian research projects focused on digital health.